Sometimes it's fun to raise a little ruckus in the street to create a photo.
Started in the early 1900's as a day for women to advocate for their needs, such as equal pay, voting rights, and shorter work hours, International Women's Day is now celebrated worldwide annually on March 8.
I dug the above image out of my recent archives to share. It wasn't made for IWD, but it sends the same message. It was created as a preview image for a local music festival featuring rock bands with female lineups. The same year, I also shot a local organization called "Girls Rock! Pittsburgh" that "an empowerment program for female youths of all definitions, abilities, & backgrounds. Our program utilizes the process of making music to instill tools for the amplification of self-confidence, creative expression, independent thinking, mutual respect, & cooperation while cultivating a supportive & inclusive community of peers and mentors."
As a woman photographer, I cherish opportunities to work with other females, older or younger. It's so special to have a chance to celebrate and share them, their talents and their stories with the world and I feel a responsibility to make a photo that is respectful, not just superficially attractive. I mean, in certain of my work (headshots, professional portraits) I, of course, strive to have anyone putting their best face forward. But a person is so much more than their outward appearance and I think that good photographs tap into all the depth below that surface. At least, that's what I strive to create personally.
I take this all pretty seriously. But sometimes, too, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIb6AZdTr-A ) And it's important to know that you can create work that accomplishes both.